Johannes Brahms

Biography

Born: 1833   Died: 1897   Country: Germany   Period: Romantic
The stature of Johannes Brahms among classical composers is well illustrated by his inclusion among the "Three Bs" triumvirate of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Of all the major composers of the late Romantic era, Brahms was the one most attached to the Classical ideal as manifested in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and especially Beethoven; indeed, Hans von Bülow once characterized Brahms' Symphony No. 1 (1855-1876) as "Beethoven's Tenth." As a Read more youth, Brahms was championed by Robert Schumann as music's greatest hope for the future; as a mature composer, Brahms became for conservative musical journalists the most potent symbol of musical tradition, a stalwart against the "degeneration" represented by the music of Wagner and his school. Brahms' symphonies, choral and vocal works, chamber music, and piano pieces are imbued with strong emotional feeling, yet take shape according to a thoroughly considered structural plan.

The son of a double bassist in the Hamburg Philharmonic Society, Brahms demonstrated great promise from the beginning. He began his musical career as a pianist, contributing to the family coffers as a teenager by playing in restaurants, taverns, and even brothels. Though by his early twenties he enjoyed associations with luminaries like violinists Eduard Reményi and Joseph Joachim, the friend and mentor who was most instrumental in advancing his career was Schumann, who all but adopted him and became his most ardent partisan, and their esteem was mutual. Following Schumann's death in 1856, Brahms became the closest confidant and lifelong friend of the composer's widow, pianist and composer Clara Wieck Schumann. After a life of spectacular musical triumphs and failed loves (the composer was involved in several romantic entanglements but never wed), Brahms died of liver cancer on April 3, 1897.

In every genre in which he composed, Brahms produced works that have become staples of the repertory. His most ambitious work, the German Requiem (1863-1867), is the composer's singular reinterpretation of an age-old form. The four symphonies -- lushly scored, grand in scope, and deeply expressive -- are cornerstones of the symphonic literature. Brahms' concertos are, similarly, in a monumental, quasi-symphonic vein: the two piano concertos (1856-1859 and 1881) and the Violin Concerto (1878) call for soloists with both considerable technical skill and stamina. His chamber music is among the most sophisticated and exquisitely crafted of the Romantic era; for but a single example, his works that incorporate the clarinet (e.g., the Trio in A minor, Op. 114 and the two Sonatas, Op. 120), an instrument largely overlooked by his contemporaries, remain unsurpassed. Though the piano sonata never held for Brahms the same appeal it had for Beethoven (Brahms wrote three to Beethoven's 32), he produced a voluminous body of music for the piano. He showed a particular affinity for variations -- notably, on themes of Schumann (1854), Handel (1861), and Paganini (1862-1863) -- and likewise produced a passel of national dances and character pieces such as ballades, intermezzi, and rhapsodies. Collectively, these constitute one of the essential bodies of work in the realm of nineteenth century keyboard music. Read less
Martin Frost Plays Brahms
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2063   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Symphony No 8; Brahms: Symphony No 3 / Davis
Release Date: 04/26/2011   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 8043   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms Beloved II / John Axelrod
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Catalog: 34659   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorák: Requiem;  Brahms / Mertens, Hagel, Et Al
Release Date: 10/31/2006   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 6050   Number of Discs: 2
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Wilhelm Backhaus Live In Vienna - Brahms: Piano Concertos; Haydn
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 11051   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77

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  • 201.
    Ginette Neveu - Beethoven, Brahms, Chausson, Ravel
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4837 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Ginette Neveu
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Charles Munch,  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hague Residentie Orchestra
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  • 202.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto / Perlman, Giulini, Chicago
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66992 Release Date: 05/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 203.
    Brahms, Beethoven: Violin Concertos / Rosand, Inouye, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7902 Release Date: 04/27/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Derrick Inouye
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 204.
    Dvorak, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Adolf Busch, Et Al
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 117 Release Date: 04/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Adolf Busch
    Conductor:  Hans Münch,  Leon Barzin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Symphony Orchestra,  National Orchestral Association
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  • 205.
    Classics Exposed - Romantic Violin Concertos
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17029 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Raphaël Oleg,  Boris Belkin
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson,  Antoni Ros Marbà,  Libor Pesek,  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 206.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Sonata No 3 / Vengerov, Barenboim
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 17144 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Maxim Vengerov
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 207.
    Brahms, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Schneiderhan, Et Al
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1005 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Walter Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Edouard Van Remoortel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 208.
    Legendary Treasures - Jascha Heifetz Collection Vol 3
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7717 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra,  Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 209.
    Adolf Busch - Brahms & Busoni: Violin Concertos;  Beethoven
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 861 Release Date: 01/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Adolf Busch
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Alfred Wallenstein,  Hans Münch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  New York WOR Radio Orchestra,  Basel Symphony Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Brahms: Violinkonzert;  Schumann: Fantasie / Mutter, Masur
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457075 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 211.
    Brahms: Concertos / Karajan, Abbado, Böhm, Pollini, Mutter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449607 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Antonio Meneses,  Maurizio Pollini
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Brahms, Sibelius, Etc: Violin Concertos / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 69334 Release Date: 09/10/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Alfred Schnittke,  Paul Hindemith,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 213.
    Mendelssohn, Brahms: Violin Concerti / Sitkovetsky, Marriner
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98934 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 214.
    Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / David Oistrakh
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447427 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  David Oistrakh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 215.
    Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Ida Haendel
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1038 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ida Haendel
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 216.
    Brahms, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Nathan Milstein
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69035 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 217.
    Jascha Heifetz Concerto Recordings Vol 2 - Brahms, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9167 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Henri Wieniawski,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Serge Koussevitzky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 218.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Box I
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67193 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Rose,  David Oistrakh,  Eugene Istomin  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra members,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 219.
    Heifetz - Beethoven, Brahms: Concertos / Munch, Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61742 Release Date: 05/09/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 220.
    Mendelssohn, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Mutter, Karajan
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445515 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 221.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto / Mullova, Abbado, Berlin PO
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438998 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Viktoria Mullova
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 222.
    Ruggiero Ricci Plays Brahms - Violin Concerto
    Label: Biddulph   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 08/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci
    Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 223.
    Mendelssohn & Brahms: Violin Concertos / Johanna Martzy
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1037 Release Date: 06/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Johanna Martzy
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 224.
    Favorite Violin Concertos / Arthur Grumiaux
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 442287 Release Date: 04/12/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Colin Davis,  Jan Krenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 225.
    Great Romantic Concertos / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64922 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Niccolò Paganini,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Bernard Haitink,  Lawrence Foster,  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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